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Gingivitis: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Posted on 9/5/2022 by Ronald Watkins
Gingivitis: Causes, Symptoms, and TreatmentYou may have gingivitis if you have been experiencing pain, bleeding, or swollen gums. Gingivitis is a common form of gum disease that can be treated with good oral hygiene and professional care. We will explore the top causes, symptoms, and treatment of gingivitis. We will also provide tips on preventing gum disease from developing in the first place!

Causes of Gingivitis

There are many causes of gingivitis, but plaque is the most common. Plaque is a sticky bacteria that forms on your teeth. If the plaque isn't removed, it can harden and become tartar. Tartar is harder to eliminate than plaque and can only be removed by a dentist or dental hygienist. Other causes of gingivitis include hormonal changes in puberty, pregnancy or menopause, poor dental hygiene, crooked teeth that are difficult to clean, use of tobacco products, and certain medications that cause dry mouth or reduce the flow of saliva (antihistamines, decongestants, and painkillers).

Symptoms of Gingivitis

Most people with gingivitis don't experience any pain or discomfort. The top signs and symptoms of gingivitis include swollen or puffy, bright red, dark red, or purple gums, bleeding while brushing or flossing, and bad breath. These signs and symptoms are the results of inflammation in your gums. If you have any significant signs or symptoms, make an appointment to see your dentist.

Treatment for Gingivitis

The excellent part is gingivitis is reversible with proper oral hygiene. The right treatment for gingivitis involves a combination of professional dental cleanings and improved at-home oral care. During a professional cleaning, your dentist or dental hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar (calculus) from above and below the gum line of all your teeth. Afterward, your teeth will be polished, and a fluoride treatment may be applied to help prevent future cavities.

Our dentists will be the first to tell you that oral health is essential to overall health. We treat patients of all ages, and gingivitis is one of the most common conditions.
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